Vibrant Village Programme: A step towards securing Himalayan borders

Source- The post is based on the article “Vibrant Village Programme: A step towards securing Himalayan borders” published in “The Indian Express” on 16th March 2023.

Syllabus: GS2- Government policies and interventions

Relevance– Issues related to rural development

News– The article explains the initiatives taken by government for development of border villages

What are some facts related to the Vibrant Village Programme?

It focuses on the development of our border villages.

The Vibrant Village Programme aims to strengthen and enhance basic infrastructure in the villages along the LAC. The objective is to address the issue of migration.

Border villages are provided with all basic amenities.It includesmodern housing and good roads; water and electricity supply; good education, health and communication facilities; access to Door darshan channels.

A total of 2,962 border villages in five states will be developed under this scheme.

The scheme will also develop growth centres on the “hub-and-spoke model”. It will be donethrough the promotion of social entrepreneurship, empowerment of youth and women through skill development and entrepreneurship.

Tourism potential will be leveraged through the promotion of local culture and traditional knowledge.It will also develop sustainable eco-agribusinesses through the “One village-One product” concept.The Vibrant Village Programme will address all the issues of illiteracy.

What are other initiatives by the government for the development of border villages?

PM Gram Sadak Yojna connects remote villages with all-weather roads. There has been construction of concrete roads in all villages with over 250 inhabitants.

Remote villages were also connected with a robust optical fibre network. Similarly, under PM Awas Yojna, pucca houses were constructed in remote villages.

People were provided with water and electricity connections and given toilets. Under the Ayushman Bharat Yojna, villagers were covered under the world’s largest health insurance scheme.

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